a chocolate cookie day

Like all good stormy days should, this one put me in the mood to stay inside and, what else? bake cookies. I haven't made this yummy recipe in a long time, so decided to go for some serious double chocolate goodness. The recipe came from Martha Stewart's magazine; it was the "cookie of the year" a few years ago. You might think I named the recipe Grammy's Chocolate Cookies, because my Grandma name is Grammy, but no, that's exactly what it was called in the magazine. The cookies are quick to make and the cookie dough is extra good. The best news about yesterday's baking is that I got through four whole cookie sheets of cookies and didn't burn a single one! So here's the recipe:

Grammy's Chocolate Cookies
2 cubes unsalted butter
1/2 cup Crisco
3 cups sugar
3 eggs
3 tsp. vanilla
4 cups flour
3/4 (scant) cup good cocoa
1 1/2 tsp. soda
3/4 tsp. salt
Cream the butter, Crisco and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well. (I always beat the mixture really well at this stage, but once I put in the flour then I try to mix it as gently and as little as possible.) Put dry ingredients in sifter and sift, then add to bowl. Stir gently. Optional to add 6 ounces chocolate chips. Bake at 350 for 9 1/2 minutes or until done. Don't overbake.
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